from Howard Wong via email
|KQED TV: “Moving San Francisco”: The History of Transit in San Francisco, Monday, November 22, 2021, 9 pm (repeats at 3 am). A new documentary, “Moving San Francisco,” chronicles the history of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars and the creation of a first-in-the-nation transit agency. It also explores the impact of the latest wave of innovation in moving people around the city through gig economy services and driverless car technologies. Guest: Gary Kamiya, “Moving San Francisco” host.|
SaveMUNI’s MUNI Recovery Plan (October 2021) calls for 100% restoration of pre-pandemic Muni routes and alignments, by implementing Augmented Weekend Service +, which cuts shortened/ weekday/ commuter lines and reallocates available funds strategically. SaveMUNI’s next goal is 100% of pre-pandemic service levels, by identifying cost/ budget efficiencies and new innovative funding. The Board of Supervisors, neighborhood groups and other transit advocates have also called for full route restoration. SFMTA now plans to restore all but two lines, albeit with shortened alignments and decreased frequency, capped at 85% pre-pandemic service levels due to funding constraints.
CHRONICLE: Most suspended S.F. Muni lines would return in February under new plan. Here’s how it will affect servicehttps://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Most-suspended-S-F-Muni-lines-would-return-in-16558050.php?sid=56170ba918ff438a5b91c25a&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headlines&utm_campaign=sfc_morningfixAll but two of the Muni lines that have been suspended since the start of the pandemic would come back in February under a new proposal unveiled by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Service changes that could take effect this winter would restore Muni service to about 85% of pre-pandemic levels, though some bus and rail lines would look different compared to 2019 under the SFMTA draft plan released Friday afternoon. Under the proposal, the 6-Haight/Parnassus, 52-Excelsior and 66-Quintara would be restored to their pre-pandemic routes. The 2-Clement, 10-Townsend and 21-Hayes would return with modified routes after a year-and-a-half hiatus. Another route partially restored this summer in response to community advocacy, the 31-Balboa, would have its end point re-routed from the Ferry Building to connect to the Caltrain station on Fourth and King streets, according to an agency presentation. Two routes, the 3-Jackson and 47-Van Ness, would remain suspended, according to the draft plan. Still, the fate of some lines remain uncertain.
SFMTA POWERPOINT: Muni Service Restoration Plan: https://www.sfcta.org/sites/default/files/2021-11/Item%2011%20-%20SFMTA%20Transit%20Recovery%20PRESENTATION.pdf
EXAMINER: How the Infrastructure Bill affects Bay Area transit agencies https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/how-the-infrastructure-bill-affects-bay-area-transit-agencies/ SFMTA spokesperson Erica Kato wrote in an email that the bill will help the agency fund street safety improvements, and vehicle and infrastructure repairs. She emphasized that the bill would not wipe away the agency’s “structural deficit,” and that a more stable funding source is needed.
|ACTION: On December 7, the SFMTA Board of Directors will vote on a 2022 Muni Service Plan. Push for SaveMUNI’s full restoration of route alignments, while aiming for full pre-pandemic service levels—via a public process to reassess the SFMTA/ City budget and to seek new funding. Contacts: SFMTA Email: TellMuni and MTABoard . Your Supervisor’s Email: https://sfbos.org/roster-members .|
APTA REPORT: Public Transportation Reduces Greenhouse Gases and Conserves Energy https://www.apta.com/wp-content/uploads/Resources/resources/reportsandpublications/Documents/greenhouse_brochure.pdf The Private Vehicle is the largest contributor to a household’s Carbon Footprint—Using Public Transportation Reduces Household Carbon Emissions.
|SIERRA CLUB MEMBERS—BE SURE TO VOTE ON 2021 CHAPTER ELECTION (by Tuesday, November 30, 2021). Your paper ballot is in the Yodeler Newspaper or vote online at https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/chapter-elections(see yellow box at top– “Click here to cast your ballot online through November 30th”.|
– Howard Wong, AIA